MINOR FINAL PROVIDED A THRILLER
For the second time in seven days O’Loughlin Gaels came up marginally short in claiming a County Title. This week our Minors were the vanquished after a thriller in Nowlan Park on Sunday afternoon. Dicksboro avenged last year’s defeat to the St, Johns side in a pulsating game of end to end hurling that saw the sides inseparable going into the final additional 2 minutes of the game. But it was these two minutes that Dicksboro got their reward with two fine points and our young ‘Gaels had no time to recover. By the way the game unfolded throughout the afternoon you can be certain that if there was a little more time the lads would have recovered such was the competitiveness between these two great sides. To his credit the Dicksboro captain, Robbie Murphy, in accepting the cup on behalf of his team alluded to that very point when acknowledging the great battles these two sides have had since they were u14s. The respect that both sets of players have for each other was epitomised in those very gracious words and must be noted here. The game itself was end to end from the very start. O’Loughlins started the bidding with a point from the brilliant Sean Bolger…Sean was to be a thorn to the Dickboro defense all day long. That point was quickly countered only for Sean to add another pointed free and retain the slimmest of advantages. Advantage over on ten minutes however as Dicksboro found a way through the defence and found the net. It was tit for tat for the following twenty minutes as the teams took turns taking their points. O’Loughlin would have been disappointed that they didn’t take more out of their opportunities as the workrate and determination was certainly there but they finished the half trailing by a single point 0-9 to 1-7.
The second half started with Dicksboro’s Andrew Gaffney converting another pointed free to extend the lead to two points. Shane Maher returned with a point of his own from play and the game looked to follow the form of the first half. O’Loughlins picked up the pace however down to some brilliant work from Jack Lawlor, Robbie Buckley and Jordan Molloy. The momentum gathered and soon an O’Loughlins attack yielded a penalty. Goal Keeper Ben Maher made the run from the country end to the city end a coolly slotted the ball to the net and O’Loughlins took their turn to go in front. They managed to get three points clear on fifty minutes with another Sean Bolger score and in truth should have pressed home their advantage. But while the next four shots on goal missed the target Dicksboro hit four in the same period to get back to one point clear. The crowd were enthralled and the tension was high. O’Loughlins fought hard, as they do, and that man Sean Bolger shot up to equalize on 26minutes. Game on. It was hell for leather again and although two more opportunities arose for the Gaels they failed to capitalise and two points during the 32nd minute meant that Dicksboro were taking the title. The final whistle was a heartbreaker as it could easily have gone our way. But to the ‘Boro go the spoils and more luck to them. For our lads they’ll be disappointed. Their heads can be held high as they showed great determination and spirit all year and have contributed finely to the clubs prominence at the seasons end of the championships. Well done to all our players and managers.
B Maher, J Molloy, G Bryan, J Leahy, J Lawlor, R. Buckley, C. Heary, S. Mahony, T Gleeson, R. Butler, S. Bolger, S. Maher, R O’Driscoll, D O’Connor, C Loy. P Byrne, E Wall, T Wadding, L Brannigan, Ronan Buckley, T Wallace, R Murphy, C Deegan, S Kiely, O Wall, K Murphy, J Banville, S Scallan, A Power, P Collins, D McCormack, L Andrews, S Fahy.
Manager: N Bergin, Selector: D Ronan, M Bergin. Medic: P Corr
HANDBALL COUNTY FINAL CHAMPION
Congratulation to John Morrissey who won the Masters Singles B County Final last week. We don't know where he got the energy from as John spent the days before getting the club ready for the Carrick Swan Hurling, Football & Camogie Club strictly come dancing fundraiser. Between varnishing the stage and building platforms it must have proved good preparation for the final as John came away with the ultimate prize. Well done to John. Hard luck to Joe Daly and Eoin Brannigan who were beaten in the Doubles Intermediate Final after a tie breaker.
REBECCA TAKES GOLD AT US OPEN
There was further success for Kilkenny Handball on the International front at the US open which was held in California at the weekend. Rebecca Mulholland, formerly of O'Loughlin Gaels and now based in the USA, captured the Womens A/B event to become the first player from Kilkenny to taste success at this prestigious event. Played in a round robin format, Rebecca was in top form in all her three matches, not dropping a set in any of the contests. This was a brilliant achievement for the Kilkenny player considering the distance she has to travel just to get a training game!
Congratulations to Rebecca from everyone at O'Loughlin Gaels GAA
Good work by everyone at O'Loughlin Gaels Handball.
There was no winner of last weeks Lotto. The numbers drawn were 1, 5, 24, 25 and the bonus number was:8 Tickets can be bought from the usual selling agents or by asking at the clubhouse bar. Remember – if you’re not in; you can’t win the jackpot prize of €20,000.
EVENTS AT O’LOUGHLIN GAELS GAA
The capacity to hold events of any size or manner was demonstrated again at the weekend when the club hosted a Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser for Vespa Entertainments and Carrick Swans GAA Club. 1100 people attended the event that ran from 8pm to 2pm on Saturday night last. The carpark was full with a caravan of busses from the Carrick club and the cars overflowed unto the adjoining juvenile pitch making sure that anyone that came got in safely. The doors opened at 7pm and patrons enjoyed the O’Loughlin Gaels hospitality thanks to an army of volunteers who stewarded and manned the bars late into the night until all our guests were safely on their way home. Well done to all and thanks again for a massive effort.
KILKENNY GREAT WAR MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
296 People left St Johns Parish, to go War between 1914-1918.
79 Died on Foreign battlefields never to return home.
217 survived,but many came back with torment and guilt having not been killed.
We will remember each one of them for you, by placing an individual cross in a replica WW 1 Cemetery in Kilkenny Castle park from 8th to the 15th of November.
We have a service of remembrance on Sunday 8th of November at 5pm. You are invited to come and pay your respects to them. Please be seated by 4.30pm and dress respectfully.
Grow Community Mental Health Movement will run a Table Quiz in Billy Byrne’s Pub, John Street, on Thursday 5th November at 8:30pm. €20 per Table of 4. All are welcome.
The Irish Wheelchair Association will hold its national fund raiser “ANGEL DAYS” on Thursday and Friday this week. Funds raised for local people with physical & sensory disabilities.
Johnswell Active Retirement
Johnswell Active Retirement Meeting in Johnswell Hall on November 4th at 7.30 p.m. New Members are always welcome.